Kelsey and PJ married in a backyard wedding overlooking Bellingham Bay! It was such an honor to be invited back into this family again after capturing her sister's big wedding last summer. These two weddings were the perfect example that it's possible to have a fun, relaxed day no matter the guest count. Attitude is everything, and this group arrived ready to celebrate and make some memories! All of Kelsey and PJ's loved ones had a hand in creating this event for them. Her dad built the arch for their ceremony using flowers grown and arranged by their friends. Kelsey's sister's friends and in-laws set up the decor and worked the reception. PJ's brother officiated, and in a surprise emotional moment, each guest stood and shared promises to the couple before their own vows. It was an incredibly special day, and I'm so excited to share some of my favorites here!
A couple of Anna and Riley's friends surprised them by booking rehearsal dinner photography. They knew there was no better wedding gift than photos of these special memories! I arrived to their backyard celebration before dinner, captured candids and spontaneous portrait requests, and then we went right into toasts shortly after everyone was seated. Their parents shared stories and thank you's, and loved ones performed ukulele as the sun set. Anna and Riley are two of the nicest people, and it was such a joy to spend some extra time with them before their wedding!
Claire and Nate married on Lummi Island, a place that's been special to Claire's family throughout her life. When their original venue fell through, a friend opened their backyard as a place to celebrate. It was a bright, sunny day in July complete with blue skies and eagle sightings. Dried floral arrangements lined the tables and ceremony aisle, and the colors fit perfectly with their beach wedding. After two portrait sessions with Claire and Nate, it was such a joy to witness their big day. Scroll through to view some of my favorites!
Erinn and Tony celebrated with a backyard wedding in Snohomish County. It was a beautiful overcast August afternoon, and they picked up a bouquet of dahlias from a nearby market. I arrived as they finished up a wedding-day lunch of ramen and pizza, and Erinn's friends popped a bottle of sparkling cider. Their first look was one of my all-time favorites, and moments like these are why I keep spare tissue packets on hand! Erinn, Tony, my second photographer and I hopped in the car for a short drive to Lake Stevens to finish their portraits with a view. Back at the house, both their ceremony and reception were full of laughter, joy, and so many candid moments of loved ones happy to be together. This was such a fun wedding to photograph!
Gretchen and Ryan hosted a backyard wedding on a beautiful July evening, surrounded by their closest family and friends. They put so much time and love into preparing the home, lawn, and garden in the months before the wedding, investing all of their wedding-prep into something long lasting for their family. A majority of the vendors were friends of theirs, and though I only met them a few times before their wedding day, they were so intentional about welcoming me in. Pozie by Natalie brought color to their ceremony and reception, close friends officiated and prepared an incredible meal, and her father drew the renovation process of their home for unforgettable save the dates and invitations. I'm so thankful to be a part of celebrations like these and to capture these moments for my clients to keep for a lifetime. Keep scrolling to view my favorites from Gretchen and Ryan's special day!
Katie and Colby married on a warm summer day in a family member's beautiful backyard, just north of Bellingham, WA. From my first coffee meeting with Katie, I knew she and Colby were going to have a fun day full of joy, love, laughter, and lots of big hugs—all the things that make candid photos extra special. Their attention to detail paid off with a great team of vendors, magical ceremony photos, and a happy day to remember. I'm so excited to share a handful of my favorites!
My name is Caylie and I'm a Bellingham and Mount Vernon, WA wedding and engagement photographer. I love what I do!